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Euro 2016: Will Grigg in final Northern Ireland squad

Will Grigg has beaten Liam Boyce to a Euro 2016 finals place with Northern Ireland, while veteran Aaron Hughes has also been included.

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Wigan Athletic striker Will Grigg has been named in Northern Ireland's final 23-man squad for Euro 2016.

Liam Boyce, Billy McKay, Daniel Lafferty, Michael Smith and Ben Reeves have all been cut by Michael O'Neill, the Irish Football Association announced on Saturday.

Grigg, who scored 25 goals as Wigan claimed the League One title this season, opened his international account in Friday's 3-0 friendly victory over Belarus. QPR striker Conor Washington, who scored his second goal in three appearances in that win, has also made the squad.

O'Neill admitted it was a tough to leave out Boyce, who scored 20 times in all competitions for Ross County this season.

"It was very difficult to tell the players who were not going and it was hard choice between Will Grigg and Liam Boyce," he said.

"Liam had a great start to the season in Scotland before suffering a hand injury. Meanwhile, Will just kept on scoring – 28 goals [in all competitions] for his team and helping them to promotion.

"So while it it was difficult decision, I think it was the right one."

Veteran defender Aaron Hughes, who is one short of a century of caps, is also included.

Northern Ireland begin their campaign against Poland in Nice on June 12.

 

Northern Ireland squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Alan Mannus (St Johnstone), Michael McGovern (Hamilton Academical), Roy Carroll (Linfield)

Defenders: Craig Cathcart (Watford), Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion), Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion), Luke McCullough (Doncaster Rovers), Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town), Lee Hodson (MK Dons), Aaron Hughes (Free agent), Patrick McNair (Manchester United), Chris Baird (Derby County)

Midfielders: Steven Davis (Southampton), Oliver Norwood, (Reading), Corry Evans, (Blackburn Rovers), Shane Ferguson (Millwall), Stuart Dallas (Leeds United), Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest)

Forwards: Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City), Conor Washington (Queens Park Rangers), Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock), Will Grigg (Wigan Athletic)

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